Can I purchase quilting tools at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Spotlight has everything you need for quilting everything from a simple block design quilt to an intricate pattern of shapes and embellishments. When first starting out on quilting projects, the choice of quilting tools can seem quite bewildering, but you will soon learn what the basic tools are that can help you to achieve great results, and which tools are suited for special projects.
What are the basic tools I will need for quilting?
Here is our guide to some of the basic tools you will find useful when quilting:
Rotary Cutter: Learning to sue a rotary cutter is essential if you want to speed up your cutting, as it allows you to cut through various layers at once and get accurate results. When choosing a rotary cutter, think about what you will be cutting. A 60-mm blade is great for thick fabric, while a slender 28-mm blade makes cutting intricate patterns easy. A 45-mm blade is good for all-round versatility. Always buy a rotary cutter from a well-known manufacturer and make sure you keep the blade as sharp as possible. At Spotlight, you can also find replacement blades for many rotary cutters. Always keep cutters away from kids.
Cutting mat: Cutting mats protect the surface you cut on and the material they're made of keeps the cutter blade sharp. For home sewing, buy a 24" x 36" mat if possible, and if you have space remember that larger mats are a great choice. If you are travelling to quilting classes, you may want to choose a smaller mat.
Ruler: A transparent rule provides continuous accuracy that is necessary for measuring and cutting perfect squares, strips, triangles, or any shape for your quilt. Some rulers have highlighted seam allowances, which can be useful, as well as clearly defined angle lines marked at30°, 45° and 60°, ideal for triangles, stars and other intricate shapes.
Sewing machine: Unless you plan to hand sew your quilt, you will need a sewing machine. It does not have to be an expensive machine with many unusual stitches as most of your sewing will be a straight stitch. A machine that helps you easily sew a 1/4" seam allowance, the quilting standard, and that accepts a walking foot -- for straight machine quilting -- is an advantage.
What else is included in the range of Quilting Tools?
As well as the items mentioned above, the range of quilting tools at Spotlight also includes many other useful tools and accessories, such as dies and templates in intricate shapes, as well as many useful basic items including extra-long pins (ideal for pinning several layers of fabric together), seam rippers, holding clips and even a tagger gun for gluing fabrics together.
As you progress in your quilting, you can add all these items and more to your collection. An iron and ironing board will also be essential, to make sure you achieve professional looking results. Check out the whole range of quilting products and fabrics at Spotlight or be inspired by our gorgeous collection of patterns and projects in our quilting books.